Igor un­chained

‘It was like a tsunami,’ said Vic­to­ria res­i­dent

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Carolyn Fry and her hus­band Dwight were look­ing up to­wards Beaver Pond from their home on King’s Road in Vic­to­ria when they saw what Carolyn de­scribes as a huge wave of muddy wa­ter com­ing to­wards their house. It was shortly af­ter 2 p.m. on Sept. 21 when Igor had be­come un­chained and let loose on the Avalon Penin­sula.

In less than 10 min­utes their home was com­pletely sur­rounded by wa­ter and ev­ery­thing out­side was now sub­merged un­der two feet of wa­ter.

“It was un­real, it was un­be­liev­able, it was like a night­mare,” Carolyn Fry told The Com­pass. It was like a tsunami. It was like a movie, and it was scary.”

The Vic­to­ria Town Coun­cil of­fered to evac­u­ate the Frys, but they opted to re­main in their home, keep­ing an all-night vigil on the wa­ter, which had crept pre­car­i­ously close to the bot­tom of their floor joists in the crawl space be­low.

Carolyn Fry be­lieves some­thing far­ther up the pond must have bro­ken loose all of a sud­den for such a vol­ume of wa­ter to have come down the brook that quickly.

Mayor Arthur Burke said King’s Road was among the hard­est hit ar­eas of town, af­ter Beaver Pond over­flowed its banks send­ing a huge tor­rent of wa­ter down the brook, threat­en­ing to take out a bridge, which takes King’s Road over the brook.

The Dean fam­ily, who live next to the Frys, were evac­u­ated and the bridge it­self was closed to all traf­fic.

“ We were scared we were go­ing to lose the bridge,” Mayor Burke said.

Twenty-four hours af­ter the Sept. 21 storm, the mayor said the wa­ter had re­ceded quite a bit. “ We’ll wait till it goes down some more be­fore tak­ing a closer look at the bridge to see if there is any struc­tural dam­age,” he said.

In an­other area of town, Snook’s Hill and Rat­tle’s Hill, to­wards the Heart’s Con­tent bar­rens, Igor washed silt and de­bris into the sewer lines, “ block­ing ev­ery­thing up.”

Burke said spe­cial vac­uum equip­ment had to be brought in from out of town to suck out the lines and re­store sewer ser­vices to be­tween 15 and 20 homes in that area.

He said roads were washed out in the Swansea area west of town. He said they had to make some tem­po­rary re­pairs to the roads in that area to al­low the peo­ple to get back and forth to their homes.

In all he es­ti­mated there were five or six roads that needed re­pairs with tem­po­rary fill.

The high winds that ac­com­pa­nied the rain dam­aged the board­walk on Pow­er­house Road in the town’s Her­itage Park. That will have to be re­placed.

He said they hadn’t had a chance to check the con­di­tion of Mur­phy’s Road, which leads to the town’s screen house and chlo­ri­na­tion sys­tem at Rocky Pond.

Other than that, Burke said Vic­to­ria es­caped with­out too much dam­age to its in­fra­struc­ture. He sug­gested the town’s “nat­u­ral drainage does a good job in han­dling the wa­ter and we get away with­out too much dam­age.”

He ac­knowl­edged there are some ar­eas of town where f lood­ing oc­curred, where they may have to look at in­creas­ing the size of some cul­verts to help cor­rect some of the prob­lems. That will be one of the things they will point out to Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs of­fi­cials when they come to town to eval­u­ate the dam­age.

Other than the dam­age to town in­fra­struc­ture, on a per­sonal level, Burke noted there were a tremen­dous num­ber of flooded base­ments around town. The town’s vol­un­teer fire depart­ment was kept busy all day un­til two the next morn­ing pump­ing out base­ments, the mayor said, adding, “ they did an out­stand­ing job.”

While Igor left more dam­age than Trop­i­cal Storm Chan­tal, Burke con­cluded the dam­age to his town “ was not nearly as bad as some other towns on the is­land.”

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